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Police continuing breath tests after checking 8000 Wellington drivers

News from NZ Police
Wellington Police will be out in full force this evening and over the weekend focusing on alcohol and drug impaired driving.

Wellington Road Policing Manager Inspector Derek Orchard says over the last few weeks, we have conducted more than 8000 breath-screening tests across the Capital.

“While it is pleasing to see the majority of those stopped were not impaired drivers, it’s disappointing to still have some drivers choosing to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

“These people are not fit to be on the road.

“NZ Police is committed to reducing death and serious trauma on our roads, this includes getting these impaired drivers off the road.

“Of the 377 people who died on our roads last year, approximately 20 per cent were impaired by alcohol.

“If you are going to drive, avoid alcohol. It’s not worth your life, or someone else’s,” says Inspector Orchard.

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  1. Micky, 16. November 2019, 6:22

    They should also be saying that inattentive drivers should not be on the road. They should be campaigning for mindful attentive driving.

  2. TrevorH, 17. November 2019, 8:01

    Inspector Orchard should have said, “If you’re going to drive, avoid alcohol and recreational drugs too”. Do we have a roadside test for marijuana yet? Or P? Drugs now kill more people on the roads than alcohol. If we legalize pot next year, expect the road toll to climb further.

  3. Craig Lindsay, 17. November 2019, 12:49

    Lower the alcohol amount in all booze/grog. Lower the limit for passing the breathalyser. If you fail, impound the car for 28 days. Send them to ICU unit for a week to see the damage done, caused by an excess of booze.